Week One Response

Kumashiro defines common sense as widely accepted ‘knowledge’ in any given society that is often harmful to young people for many reasons. It seems to me that the author almost makes a connection between common sense and stereotypes. When the author talks about common sense they are not just talking about things like, “wash your hands after you use the washroom”, they talk more about a societal common sense such as, “american education is better than that of nepal”. The author warns us against the dangers of common sense. The author also says that common senses are in every society and differ based on where you live.

    It is so important to pay attention to the common sense because it can create shortcuts for knowledge, but it can also create shortcuts to negative or harmful ideas. As we see in the article commonsense creates ideas in a whole society. The people in the schools of Nepal decided that there way of school was the only proper way, and this was common sense to them. On the other hand the peace corps teachers from America believed that there was of teaching was the newest and best way to teach. The American teachers in Nepal believed that Nepals way of education was outdated and not as good as the American way. To them this was common sense. So, it becomes obvious that both sides have their own set of ideas. Both sides neglect to think that other ways could be better or that other countries have quality education despite differences. People also forget that what is common sense in one area is not common sense in the next. An example of this would be rich, primarily white neighbourhoods versus poor and primarily black neighbourhoods. What is common sense in one of these neighbourhoods will be greatly different based on different everyday needs. So the real danger of the commonsense is creating different forms of ignorance in a persons mind based on their ‘commonsense’.